A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! #5: Small update, locking strips done

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 07-25-2011 08:21 PM 5852 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone, this weekend I decided to build the locking strips, the design calls for hardwood so tzalam wood it is, they ended looking great but it took me a little bit more than planned as I needed to adapt to the wood thickness I had at hand(1”) hehee:

1.- Some strips cut and grooved to accept the aluminum straps.

Only the front strips needed the groove but I went thru all the wood, small mistake but it wont affect the result as I’m flipping the back strips so the groove ends on the external side.

2.- drilling a 3/8” hole, counterboring for the T-nuts, all the strips are cut to proper length already.

3.- The studded knobs I got are 5/16” x 7/8” so I had to counterbore 1/8” on the opposite side so the screw does his work fine.

4.-Testing how all fits, looks good.

5.- 20ยบ cuts done, T-nuts installed, aluminum straps installed.

6.- testing how it fits into the lathe bed.

Hopefully I’ll be finishing 3 bases, the headstock and tailstock the next weekend.


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